Saturday, May 2, 2009


USA 2008

Kidnapped by an escaped convict (Shea Whigham) and his young accomplice (Rachel Kerbs), Seth Belzer (Paulo Costanzo) and Polly Watt (Jill Wagner) are thrust into the fight of their lives when the four of them become the prey of a bloodthirsty splinter parasite. Trapped inside an abandoned gas station, the foursome is forced to band together to thwart the monster's vicious attacks and make it out alive.


A few lackluster moments of pure stupidity kept me from loving this film. The more I think about it however, I'm really starting to believe it was the film maker's intentions for the characters to make such ridiculous choices in order to supply the film with an unsettling climax, wherein the audience is yelling at the screen in dismay. The plot is pretty cool, where a parasitic fungus comprised of intricately bacterial splinters infects the body and physically and might I say painfully contorts body parts, breaking bones, splitting skin and you know, killing it's victims. The creature is totally a wannabe "The Thing" via Carpenter and Bowtin, but definitely has a personality and brutality all in it's own and looks really cool and creepy. The acting is damn good
despite the idiocy of the cast scripted as being smart people each in their own way. The ending however, is not satisfying and the lack of explanation of what the creature is, is a total cop out, if I wasn't so sure there would be a sequel. Which there will be. Watch it. You'll like it.

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